Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year. 2019 has arrived. I will now spend at least the next month incorrectly writing 2018 instead of 2019.
I had a very lovely and quiet Christmas with family and friends. One of the things I love most around this time of year is that it’s an opportunity to start again; new challenges, new goals and a brand-new slate. I am in the middle of setting my new writing goals for the year and I endeavour to gain more ground with this than I did last year (I hope.)
One of the things that I did manage to do before midnight on 31st December was to finish my Goodreads reading challenge and believe me I did cut it fine. I think I had about an hour to go.
I like challenges like this because these days, with things like Netflix and the Internet, it’s very easy for me to slip into a routine where I will just sit and watch telly. Therefore things like the Goodreads challenge will mean I will decide to read a book rather than box set a TV series. I blame Netflix for my dry reading spells last year.
My challenge in 2018 was 52 books; roughly one a week. I felt that this was doable. However, it’s amazing how quickly life can get in the way and I realise that I did go little chunks of time without reading which is something that I want to change this year. Therefore, because I never learn, my target for this year is 54 books.
The good thing about the Goodreads challenge is that you can set your own goals.
If you want to find out more about it, click here – https://www.goodreads.com
If that doesn’t sound like your thing then Penguin also has a reading challenge this year.
By going to their website you can pick from one of four categories; latest release, a classic.
I love the idea of this one because it may open you up to novels and genres that you may have not necessarily have thought about reading. This is one of the things I love most about doing this blog.
Click here to sign up to the Penguin Reading Challenge – https://www.penguin.co.uk.
For my sins I have decided to do both. If you like the idea of either or both of these let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear which one/what books people have chosen.
I’ve also included the link to my Goodreads page too if anybody would like to be my friend on there – https://www.goodreads.com
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